The Dark Knight

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Even high-budget Hollywood movies generally get by with one A-list composer, but the renewed Batman series that kicked off with Batman Begins under the direction of Christopher Nolan in 2005 used two, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, both of whom return for the second installment, The Dark Knight. Although Zimmer and Howard are co-credited with each of the cues (with Lorne Balfe given a credit for unspecified "additional music"), their styles are sufficiently distinct that their individual contributions don't seem hard to delineate. The highly percussive synthesized music, much of it seemingly already mixed in with sound effects, sounds like Zimmer; the more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Even high-budget Hollywood movies generally get by with one A-list composer, but the renewed Batman series that kicked off with Batman Begins under the direction of Christopher Nolan in 2005 used two, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, both of whom return for the second installment, The Dark Knight. Although Zimmer and Howard are co-credited with each of the cues (with Lorne Balfe given a credit for unspecified "additional music"), their styles are sufficiently distinct that their individual contributions don't seem hard to delineate. The highly percussive synthesized music, much of it seemingly already mixed in with sound effects, sounds like Zimmer; the more conventional orchestral passages, sometimes giving way to solo piano, sound like Howard (who is, in fact, credited with playing piano on the soundtrack). Both approaches are combined in these sometimes lengthy cues, however. Those pounding, thunderous drums (or synthesized percussive effects) are never absent for long, even if certain tracks, notably "Harvey Two-Face," "Blood on My Hands," and "Watch the World Burn," have a pastoral, classical feel. Other tracks, such as "I'm Not a Hero" and "A Little Push," in which the percussion dominates, may be more Zimmer than Howard. Still, the two work well together on a score that, by definition, is "dark," laden with ominous sounds and relentlessly rhythmic accompaniments to the fast-paced action in the film. [Warner Bros. issued an expanded edition in 2008 as well. It included an additional 14-track CD of bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624985969
  • Catalog Number: 511104

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Newton Howard Primary Artist, Piano
Bruce Fowler Conductor
Ryeland Allison Vocals
Simon Chamberlain Piano
Gary Kettel Percussion
Michael Levine Vocals
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Martin Tillman Vocals
Mel Wesson Ambience
Hans Zimmer Synthesizer
Maurice Murphy Trumpet
Mary Scully Bass
Peter Lale Viola
Peter Davies Trombone
Matt Dunkley Conductor
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Richard Watkins Horn
Satnam Ramgotra Vocals
Rosemary Warren Green Concert Master
Owen Slade Tuba
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Vocals
Paul Clarivs Percussion
Rose Warren-Green Concert Master
Technical Credits
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
James Newton Howard Composer, Producer
Ryeland Allison Composer, Producer, Remixing
Walt Fowler Orchestration
Randy Kerber Orchestration
Alan Meyerson Score Mixer
Suzette Moriarty Orchestration
Louie Teran Mastering
Mel Wesson Composer, Producer, Remixing
Hans Zimmer Composer, Producer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Brad Dechter Orchestration
The Crystal Method Composer, Producer, Remixing
Jeff Atmajian Orchestration
Steven R. Gilmore Art Direction
Paul van Dyk Producer, Remixing
Becky Bentham Score Coordinator
Elizabeth Finch Orchestration
Henry Jackman Arranger
Lisa Margolis Album Administrator
Keith Zajic Album Administrator
Jeff "Bucko" Biggers Engineering
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Thomas Broderick Sequencing Programmer
Lorne Balfe Producer, Additional Music
Christopher Nolan Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kevin Kaska Orchestration
Steven Kofsky Musical Producer
Pamela Sollie Score Coordinator
Alex Gibson Producer
Czarina Russell Studio Manager
Jacob Shea Sequencing Programmer
Noah Sorota Sequencing Programmer
Jeff Biggers Engineering
Charlotte Matthew Assistant Contractor
Marc Cimino Album Administrator
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